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Friday, May 29, 2009

Triple Crown Award, State Stars, and 2009-2010 State Officers!

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas FFA Association honored the best of the best on Friday afternoon during the final session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention. The top chapter in the National Chapter Award Program earned the Triple Crown Award, three members received State Star awards, and six members were elected to serve as the 2009-2010 Kansas FFA officer team.

Triple Crown Award Honors Chapter Excellence

For the second year in a row, the Riverton FFA chapter was awarded the Triple Crown award, which is given to the FFA chapter that performs best in all the three divisions of the National Chapter Award program. The National Chapter Award program recognizes chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization in the three divisions of student development, chapter development and community development. The Wilson FFA Chapter placed second in the National Chapter Award with the Fredonia FFA finishing third.

The chapter winning the Triple Crown Award receives $300 and the Bob Garlow memorial traveling trophy, which is sponsored by the Bill Garlow Family in memory of past Kansas FFA officer Bob Garlow.

State Star Awards Recognize Best Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs

Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes the top Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs by with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Placement awards. The 2009 State Stars of Kansas are Ben Meyer, Linn FFA, Star Farmer; Tucker A. Stewart, Washington County FFA, Star in Agricultural Placement, and Garrett Lister, Marysville FFA, Star in Agribusiness. Each state star received $250, and their parents and FFA advisors were each awarded the Honorary State FFA Degree.

Meyer rents 160 acres of farmland, to raise wheat, beans and grain sorghum; he also works at a local dairy, and raises honey bees. He is the son of Daniel and Jane Meyer. Trent Horn is his FFA advisor. Stewart’s SAE focuses on beef production and includes raising and marketing 1,000 head of club calves. He is the son of Greg and Debbie Stewart, and his FFA advisor is John Kern. Lister operates his own lawn mowing and hedge post business. He is the son of Craig and Jean Lister, and his father is also his FFA advisor.

The State Star awards are sponsored by ICM, Inc., United Bank and Trust and the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Six FFA Members Elected to State Officer Team

The state convention concluded with the announcement and installation of the 2009-2010 Kansas FFA state officer team. Garrett Lister, Marysville FFA, will lead the new team as state president. Other team members are as follows: Nellie Hill, Centre FFA, vice president; Allison Penner, Clay Center FFA, secretary; Hannah Miller, Chapman FFA, treasurer; Alyson McCall, Minneapolis FFA, reporter; Zach Langford, Buhler FFA, sentinel.

Fourteen state officer candidates endured a grueling selection process, which included a written test on FFA and agriculture, a workshop presentation and numerous interviews. Ten candidates were selected for the officer slate and spoke to the convention delegates who voted for the team.

During the next 12 months, the state officer team will travel around the state speaking to members at chapter events, planning conferences and workshops, and representing the FFA at numerous state and national functions.

FFA is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ksffa.org for more information.

FFA member wins free John Deere Gator!


The Pre-Session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention was met with great excitement for Alexander Hibbert of the Cimarron FFA Chapter. Hibbert won a free John Deere Gator, sponsored by local John Dear dealers. To be elgible to win the free Gator, members had to have won a District Proficiency Award, applied for a State Degree or an American Degree, or won a State Proficiency Award. Hibbert was a Southwest District Proficiency Award winner for Diversified Agricultural Production. Congratulations Alexander!





Chapters Recognized for Excellence in National Chapter Awards

The final ranking of the chapters in the Triple Crown Award were announced during the final session of the Kansas FFA Convention. The Triple Crown Award recognizes the chapters that have demonstrated excellence in all three areas of the National Chapter Award -- student, community and chapter development. The chapter who wins the Triple Crown receives $300 cash and takes home the Bob Garlow Memorial Traveling Trophy.

The final rankings of the top 16 chapters are as follows:
1. Riverton
2. Wilson
3. Fredonia
4. Hill City
5. Clay Center
6. Arkansas City
7. Winfield
8. Hiawatha
9. Marysville
10. Chapman
11. Wabaunsee
12. Jefferson West
13. Southeast of Saline
14. Mission Valley
15. Neodesha
16. Sabetha

National Chapter Award-Chapter Rankings Announced

The purpose of the National Chapter Award Program is to encourage chapters to develop and improve in three focus areas: Chapter Development, Student Development, and Community Development. Awards are given in each of these three areas in the divisions of bronze, silver and gold. During the fourth session of the Kansas FFA Convention, the National Chapter Awards for Chapter Development were awarded.

The chapters recognized were as follows:

Bronze Division

Fort Scott
Great Bend
Hays
Pleasanton
Russell
St. Marys
Tonganoxie
WaKeeney
West Elk

Silver Division
Axtell
Buhler
Centre
Cherryvale
Doniphan West
Ell-Saline
Fredonia
Jefferson West
LaCrosse
Lawrence Free State
Marion-Florence
Mission Valley
Norton
Paola
Prairie View
Republic County
Rock Hills
Smith Center
South Barber
Southwestern Heights
Spring Hill
Stafford
Wamego
Wellington

Gold Division (in ranking order)*:
1. Riverton
2. Arkansas City
3. Marysville
4. Wilson
5. Hill City
6. Clay Center
7. Ellis
8. Chapman
9. Girard
10. Hiawatha
11. Wabaunsee
12. Neodesha
13. Jefferson West
14. Winfield
15. Fredonia
16. Southeast of Saline

*Editor's Note: The ranking of the National Chapter-Chapter Gold Division was reported incorrectly during the Fourth Session presentation. The rankings above reflect the accurate Gold Division Rankings. We sincerely apologize for the mistake.

Slate for 2009-10 Kansas FFA State Officers

For the Office of Sentinel: Joshua Hendry, Riverton & Zach Langford, Buhler

For the Office of Reporter: Alyson McCall, Minneapolis & Nathan Spriggs, Riverton

For the Office of Treasurer: Kassie Curran, Girard & Hannah Miller, Chapman

For the Office of Secretary: Sarah Marten, Arkansas City & Allison Penner, Clay Center

For the Office of President: Nellie Hill, Centre & Garett Lister, Marysville

170 Members Receive State FFA Degrees

East Central District
Jacob Bennett, Kirsten Bowman, Desiree Mason, Courtney Patterson, Kendra Porter, Meghan Poss, Tyler Pracht, Morgan Ratliff, Alyssa Sobbs, Elaine Tastove, Brandon Wiederholt, Katelyn Wolken, Kevin Yoder, Kurt Yoder-Anderson County, Elli Ouellette-Central Heights, Annie Adams, Bethany Bacon, Scott Bowles, Sean Carr, Kristin Glick, Heath James Nichols, Kris Wittman, Jessica Zimmerman-Council Grove, Dylan Thyer-Jayhawk Linn, Timi Ann Hess- Johnson County Tech, Alexandra B. Graham, Scotty Thellman-Lawrence Free State, Becky Gleason, Ashley L. Meek, Erin Schwant- Mission Valley, Abby Guenther, Erin Rossman-Ottawa, Matthew Brandt-Paola, Seth Carstens, Megan Feldman, Bryce Green, Misty P. Lethcho, Dustin Michelle, Bronson Moylan, Caitlin Troth-Prairie View, Richard Lake Ridihalgh and Hilary A. Saathoff-Tonganoxie.

Northeast District
Deacon Ludwig, Adam Ronnebaum-Axtell, Paul Becker, Brianna Jo Cluck, Bryson Cluck, Brennan Davis, Jacob Simmons-Doniphan West, Whitney Gragg, Kayla Klahr, Brittany Robbins, Sarah Robbins-Holton, Jacob Felty, Garrett Lister, Michael Peterson, Shalynn Roady, Zachery Schotte-Marysville, Monica Ebert-Rock Creek and Darrin Jacobson-Valley Heights.

North Central District
Jonathan W. Monaghan, Jacob Tucker-Blue Valley, Elizabeth Ann Forsyth, Tamara Garner-Chapman, Kaylee Braun, Crystal Jewell Cooper, Jordan William Evans, Kellie R. Jackson, Alexandra J. Moore, Allison Brynn Penner, Grace Unruh-Clay Center, Rebecca Charbonneau, Jacinda Dickinson-Concordia, Morgan Lindsay-Ell-Saline, Ben Meyer-Linn, Jacob Klein-Minneapolis, Tyler C. Tebow-Pike Valley, Kascha Danae Bohnenblust, Jacob Hagenmaier, Cheyanne Sullivan-Riley County, Tricia J. Duskie-Rock Hills, Kaleb Fahlmen, Shannon Rogge-Southeast of Saline, Grace Bokelman, Jesse L. Huber, Jenna Schwartz, Tucker A. Stewart- Washington County, Kayla Habiger, Katy Nuss and Megan Zelenka-Wilson.

Northwest District
Brandi Herman, Kelsie Nickelson-Hill City, Cody Cook-Norton, Dustin Aherin-Phillipsburg, Courtney McKenzie and Jesse Roush-Smith Center.

South Central District
Melanie Bruce, John Kuffler-Arkansas City, Taylor Alright, Jordan E. Anschutz, Garrett Askren, Lincoln Askren, Connor Bomgardner, Anthony Franklin, Jessica Grinstead, Jimmy Hall, Zach Langford, Allen McIntosh, Derek Price, Jon Schmucker, Cassie Sherbon, Andrew Styes, Melvin Zahn- Buhler, Nathan Barney, Heath Hill- Centre, James Corn, Taylor Ediger, Sam Orpin-Inman, Walter Lehman-Newton, Dane DeWitt and Janessa Lyn McDaniel-South Haven.

Southeast District
Megan N Miller, Hunter Nunnenkamp-Altoona-Midway, Courtney Lay, J. Quint Lockwood II- Caney, Clinten Daniel Diver, Erin Ashley King-Cherryvale, Brian Robert Martin, Bobbi Ann Shanks-Columbus, Kyle Shultz-Erie, Opal S. Heckman, J.W. Meech, Kolby Montee, Shelby Nafzger, Austin Parks- Fort Scott, Hannah McCabe, Amberlyn Strasburg-Fredonia, Brock Nicholas Burnick, Brandon Callaway, Tyler Egbert, Joni Mengarelli, Kelci Newkirk, Austin Joe Price, Sara Schifferdecker, Ashley Warner-Girard, Quinton Bogner, Kinsley Falkenstien, Rodney Fleming, Keith Geren, Ashley Leader, Stephanie McBeth-Labette County, Jancy Hall, Christina Volker-Neodesha, Joshua Hendry, Robin Hutto, Andrew Koucky, Ashley Spencer, Nathan T. Spriggs-Riverton, Alexandrea B. Miller, Koltan W. Schaaf- Uniontown and Morgan Bailey Adams-West Elk.

Southwest District
Brandy Lea Roberts-Hugoton, Travis Bamberger, Tiarra R. Bradford, Rodney Lucian Ray Bradshaw, Kyle Douglas Nuss, Janae Nicole Ochs-Jetmore, and Kendal Clawson-Satanta.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kansas FFA Bestows Three Honorary FFA Degrees, One VIP Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Four individuals were honored for their great service to the Kansas FFA on Thursday evening at the 81st Kansas FFA State Convention on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan.
The Honorary State FFA Degree is bestowed upon those who are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA, and who have rendered outstanding services to the association. This year’s recipients of the honorary degree were Fred Cholick, dean of the Kansas State University College of Agriculture; Sharon Thielen, special events coordinator for the College of Agriculture, and Larry Lyder, current president of the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators (KAAE).
Emily Surdez, Kansas FFA President, noted each recipient gives selflessly of his or her time to the organization in order to make a difference in members’ lives.
“Dr. Cholick has a mindset of putting students first, and he exemplifies this in his personable character and constant support of the Kansas FFA Association,” Surdez said. “Sharon plays an integral part in many events run by the Kansas FFA, including the State Career Development Events, and Mr. Lyder makes a commitment each day to the development of agricultural educators as KAAE president as well as impacting members as the advisor of the Hill City FFA chapter.”
In addition to the honorary degrees, the Kansas FFA honored Larry Erpleding, with the VIP Award. The VIP Award is for those individuals that have exemplified lifelong leadership and dedication to agriculture education and the FFA. Erpleding is a professor and former associate dean of academic programs in the College of Agriculture at K-State. Erpleding served the association as the Kansas FFA President from 1961-1962. Surdez noted his passion for agricultural education and FFA is evident today in his assistance at FFA events and recognition of the leadership opportunities that the organization provides to its members.
FFA is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ksffa.org for more information.

Kansas FFA Selects Top Prepared, Extemporaneous Speakers

MANHATTAN, Kan. – FFA members from the Marysville FFA and Coffeyville FFA were awarded first-place in the Kansas FFA Prepared Public Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking Career Development Events (CDEs) on Thursday evening during the 81st Kansas FFA State Convention in Manhattan, Kan.

Garret Lister, Marysville FFA member, took home the top honor in the Extemporaneous CDE, which challenges members to present on a current agricultural issue after only 30 minutes of preparation. The other three finalists in the event were Annelle Chestnut, Clay Center FFA, who placed second; Wyatt Decker, Washington County FFA, who placed third; and Jared Crittenden, Winfield FFA, who placed fourth.

The Prepared Public Speaking CDE was won by Kaylee Koch of the Coffeyville FFA chapter with her speech “The Effects of Music on Agriculture.” Jessica Grinstead, Buhler FFA, placed second; Allison Penner, Clay Center FFA, placed third; and Zach Langford, Buhler FFA, placed fourth. To participate in the Prepared Public Speaking CDE, members must submit a manuscript and bibliography, present a 6- to 8-minute speech and answer questions about their selected speech topic.

The Extemporaneous CDE is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina and Casey and Tammy Niemann. The Prepared Public Speaking CDE is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina.

By winning at the state level, Lister and Koch both have the opportunity to compete in the National Career Development Events at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Oct. 21-24, 2009.

FFA is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ksffa.org for more information.

Third Session Honors Creativity and Professionalism

The third session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention celebrated the creativity of the FFA Scrapbooks and the professionalism of the winners of the Job Interview Career Development Event.

Each year members, advisors, and guests all glance through the eye-catching and colorful FFA scrapbooks displayed. While fun to create and look at, the scrapbook competition is a serious tradition for many chapters.

This year the scrapbook winners in ranking order are:
1- Cherryvale FFA Chapter
2- Centre FFA Chapter
3- Oakley FFA Chapter
4- Hillsboro FFA Chapter

The Job Interview Career Development Event provides an opportunity for members to prove their worthiness and knowledge for a particular career or job. Members are judged on the quality of their resume, cover letter, job application, and interview.

Top individuals of the Job Interview CDE in ranking order are:
1-Kaden Rousch, Smith Center FFA
2-Andrew Strasberg, Fredonia FFA
3-Amanda Davis, Washburn Rural FFA
4-Brett Reineman, Lawrence Free State FFA
5-Ariel Whitely, Lawrence Free State FFA
6-Kayla Klahr, Holton FFA
7-Jordan Hildebrand, Chapman FFA
8-Tina Voelker, Neodesha FFA
9-Cody McReynolds-Clark, Buhler FFA
10-Jessica White, Wamego FFA

Congratulations to all of the winners!

National and State Scholarships Announced

The announcement of national and state scholarships was met with great excitement during the third session of the 81st State FFA Convention. At the state level, $15,500 has been awarded thanks to the support of six different sponsors. At the national level 95 scholarships were awarded to Kansas FFA members for a total of $121,275. At the national level, total, approximately $2.2 million was donated by 128 generous sponsors, making it possible for FFA to award 1,455 scholarships in 2009. These scholarships will assist students in their post-high school educational endeavors.

For a complete list of the scholarship recipients, click here:
http://www.hpj.com/wsdocs/ffa/newsstory.cfm?article=939

Congratulations scholarship recipients!

State Proficiency Award Winners Recognized

State Proficiency Award Winners were recognized at the second and third session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention. Awards were judged and given on the student's Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program. Financial records, hours worked, lessons learned, and accuracy of trade were all considered when choosing the winners. Awards were given in more than 41 categories.

To view the entire list of State Proficiency Award Winners click here: http://www.hpj.com/wsdocs/ffa/newsstory.cfm?article=928

Congratulations to all of the state winners!

Second Session Celebrates a Variety of Successes

The second session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention recognized several members and chapters for their hard work, dedication and success. Areas such as the Leadership Information Test, the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators Essay Contest, and the Agri-Entrepreneurship Award were all celebrated.

The National FFA Organization is rich with history and traditions that students have not only memorized, but have taken to heart for decades. The FFA Leadership Information Test quizzes members on their knowledge about the past and present workings of the FFA.

The top ten individuals in ranking order are:
1-Logan Britton of the Labette County FFA
2-Kurt Lockwood of te Caney FFA
3-Andrew Strasburg of the Fredonia FFA
4-Zoey Zeigler of the Hill City FFA
5-Garrett Lister of the Marysville FFA
6-Austin Price of the Girard FFA
7-Brock Burick of the Girard FFA
8-Kelci Newkirk of the Girard FFA
9-Jordan Bell of the Hill City FFA
10-Brandon Callaway of the Girard FFA

The top five teams in ranking order are:
1-Girard FFA Chapter
2-Hill City FFA Chapter
3-Riverton FFA Chapter
4-Doniphan West FFA Chapter
5-South Barber FFA Chapter

"How does Agricultural Education meet the needs of the millennial generation?" This is the question students were asked to respond to when entering the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators Essay Contest (KAAE). Students from across the state punched out up to 500 words to express their opinions. Winners were awarded with a cash prize.

Finalists in ranking order are:
1-Zach Langford of the Buhler FFA Chapter, $40 award
2-Katelyn Colby of the Spring Hill FFA Chapter, $25 award
3-Ashley Meek of the Mission Valley FFA Chapter, $25 award

The Agri-Entrepreneurship Award Program is designed to increase the amount of entrepreneurship being taught in local agriculture programs across the country. The program is a joint activity of the National FFA Organization and the U.S. Department of Education. This year's recipient of the award is Grace Bokelman of the Washington County FFA Chapter.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Local Students Attain Organizations Highest Honor

MANHATTAN, Kan. – 57 members of the Kansas FFA Association were granted their American FFA Degree in October at the 81st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. On Thursday they were recognized at the state level for their accomplishment.The American FFA Degree is the highest honor the organization can bestow upon its members. In order to achieve this award members must meet the following requirements: Received the State FFA Degree, been an FFA member and agricultural education student for at least three years, earned at least $7,500 or worked 2,250 hours plus earned $1,500 in their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, received a “C” average or better in high school and show a record of outstand leadership and community involvement.

Those members who made these qualifications and their respective FFA Chapters were
  • Trevor W. Ashcraft- Holton
  • Clandria Jarboe- Holton
  • Chad Atwood-Prairie View
  • Jared Neil Wilson- Prairie View
  • Christopher Bauerle-Prairie View
  • Christina Klein-Sabetha
  • Emily Surdez- Sabetha
  • Gloria Belton- Centre
  • Carrie Ann Blaes-Cherryvale
  • Shane D. Blaes- Cherryvale
  • Kaitlyn Elizabeth Bogart-Arkansas City
  • Megan Bryant-Arkansas city
  • Chelbie James-Arkansas City
  • Brynn Nulik-Arkansas City
  • Rachel Shaw-Arkansas City
  • Kyle Smith- Arkansas City
  • Ashley Dawn Bohnenblust-Clay Center
  • Bethany Lane Bohnenbust- Labette County
  • Daniel Clungston- Columbus
  • Jade Nicole Comstock-Fredonia
  • Wendy E. Dague-Washington County
  • Jacob Hughes-Washington County
  • Jay Stamm -Washington County
  • Nicole Ely-Inman
  • Drew Goering- Inman
  • Daniel Paul Forsyth-Chapman
  • Joshua David Gillespie-Humboldt
  • Alex E. Gottlob-Winfield
  • Hannah A. Harris- Girard
  • Kyra E. O’Brien- Girard
  • Dalton Holliman-Atwood
  • Kally Hood- Rock Creek
  • Andy Newkirk- Rock Creek
  • Aaron Kadavy-Republic County
  • J.M. Cody Kissinger- Newton
  • Garrett D. LaRue- Central
  • Kelly Oliver -Erie- Central
  • Samantha Lawrence-Central
  • Jordan Rae Lister- Marysville
  • Austin Paul Schotte- Marysville
  • Tessa Schotte-Marysville
  • Scott McAlister- West Elk
  • Lucas McNally- South Barber
  • Sara Meiwes- Marmaton Valley
  • Chris Weston-Marmaton Valley
  • Greg Meyer- Linn
  • Kyler Olhde- Linn
  • Traci Rothlisberger-Linn
  • Megan Nelson- Paola
  • Lyndee Mae Patterson- Jackson Heights
  • Garett L. Schreiber-Jackson Heights
  • Cody Regier-Buhler
  • Jayme Christine Rezac-Onaga
  • Amy M. Sents- McPherson
  • Jared Unrau-Goessel
  • Tyler Zimmerman-Chaparral
FFA is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit http://www.ksffa.org/ for more information.

National Chapter Awards for Community Developement

The purpose of the National Chapter Award Program is to encourage chapters to develop and improve in three focus areas: Chapter Development, Student Development, and Community Development. Awards are given in each of these three areas in the divisions of bronze, silver and gold. During the second session of the Kansas FFA Convention, the National Chapter Awards for Community Development were awarded.

Chapters receiving these awards have worked hard to positively influence their community. Whether it be teaching the community about agricultural issues and practices, organizing work days to preserve natural resources, or hosting various activities to improve the well-being of the members of the community, these chapters have truly contributed to their communities.

Chapters receiving a National Chapter Award in Community Development include:

Bronze Division:
Fort Scott FFA Chapter
Great Bend FFA Chapter
Hays FFA Chapter
Pleasanton FFA Chapter
Prairie View FFA Chapter
St. Mary's FFA Chapter
Tonganoxie FFA Chapter
WaKeeney FFA Chapter
West Elk FFA Chapter

Silver Division:
Axtell FFA Chapter
Buhler FFA Chapter
Centre FFA Chapter
Cherryvale FFA Chapter
Doniphan West FFA Chapter
Ellis FFA Chapter
Ell-Saline FFA Chapter
Girard FFA Chapter
Labette County FFA Chapter
Lacrosse FFA Chapter
Lawrence Free State FFa Chapter
Marion/Florence FFA Chapter
Marysville FFA Chapter
Neodesha FFA Chapter
Norton FFA Chapter
Paola FFA Chapter
Russell FFA Chapter
Smith Center FFA Chapter
South Barber FFA Chapter
Southwestern Heights FFA Chapter

Gold Division:
1st-Fredonia FFA Chapter
2nd-Riverton FFA Chapter
3rd- Hill City FFA Chapter
4th- Wilson FFA Chapter
5th- Arkansas City FFA Chapter
6th- Hiawatha FFA Chapter
7th- Winfield FFA Chapter
8th- Southeast of Saline FFA Chapter
9th- Clay Center FFA Chapter
10th- Jefferson West FFA Chapter
11th- Mission Valley FFA Chapter
12th- Chapman FFA Chapter
13th- Rock Hills FFA Chapter
14th- Sabetha FFA Chapter
15th- Republic County FFA Chapter
16th-Wabaunsee FFA Chapter

Congratulations to these chapters!

KS Farm Bureau gives $5000 in grants to KS FFA Chapters

Kansas Farm Bureau recently gave more than $5000 in grants to several Kansas FFA Chapters. The Kansas Bureau sponsored several $250 and $500 grants to stimulate interaction between the two organizations. To be eligble for the grants, chapters were required to develop a project in which they partner with Kansas Farm Bureau. The collaboration allows the organizations to work together to further agricultural knowledge and leadership in the local area.

Chapters earning a $250 grant include:

Clay Center FFA Chapter
Columbus FFA Chapter
Elk Valley FFA Chapter
Ellinwood FFA Chapter
Great Bend FFA Chapter
Marysville FFA Chapter
Spring Hill FFA Chapter
Riverton FFA Chapter

Chapters earning a $500 grant include:

Humboldt FFA Chapter
Minneapolis FFA Chapter
Neodesha FFA Chapter
Northern Valley FFA Chapter
Norton FFA Chapter
Salina Central FFA Chapter

Congratulations to all of the chapters! And, thank you to the Kansas Farm Bureau for their continued support of the Kansas FFA Foundation.

State Safety Contest

The Chapter Safety Awards recognizes FFA chapters who have stepped up to make their communities a safe and educated place. The Kansas Farm Bureau sponsors a plaque for each of the top eight chapters in the safety award area.

The top 10 chapters were recognized on stage at the 81st Kansas FFA Convention and were as follows:
  • Clay Center, 1st
  • Hill City, 2nd
  • Jefferson West, 3rd
  • Axtell, 4th
  • Oakley, 5th
  • Southwestern Heights, 6th
  • Lacrosse, 7th
  • Republic County, 8th

Meet the State Officer Candidates

The Kansas FFA Association is pleased to congratulate the 14 state officer candidates vying for a State FFA Office in 2009. The candidates were interviewed by an appointed committee of former State Officers and Agricultural Education Advisors during the 81st State FFA Convention, held May 26-29, 2009, in Manhattan, Kan.

Candidates are evaluated on their application, a written test, writing exercises and five interview rounds. The interview rounds include one-on-one interviews, delivering a speech, facilitating a workshop, round robin interviews and a personal interview round. Of these 14, six will be chosen to represent the organization for the coming year. The new state officers will be announced on-stage at the State FFA convention, on Friday, May 29. Once elected, the officers will travel across the state informing people about agricultural science education and FFA.

Previous State FFA President Bethany Bohnenblust served as the chair of the nominating committee. "The intense process that these 14 candidates committed themselves to consists of a multitude of scored areas and really revealing themselves to the committee,” Bohnenblust stated. “In the end, the process is all about unveiling how a candidate’s past experiences have influenced and will continue to influence their future behavior."

The State Officer Candidates are:
  • Brandon Callaway of the Girard FFA Chapter
  • Kassie Curran of the Girard FFA Chapter
  • Joshua Hendry of the Riverton FFA Chapter
  • Nellie Hill of the Centre FFA Chapter
  • Kayla Klahr of the Holton FFA Chapter
  • Zach Langford of the Buhler FFA Chapter
  • Courtney Lay of the Caney FFA Chapter
  • Garrett Lister of the Marysville FFA Chapter
  • Sarah Marten of the Arkansas City FFA Chapter
  • Alyson McCall of the Minneapolis FFA Chapter
  • Hannah Miller of the Chapman FFA Chapter
  • Allison Penner of the Clay Center FFA Chapter
  • Nathan Spriggs of the Riverton FFA Chapter
  • Jessica Zimmerman of the Council Grove FFA Chapter

Chapters Recognized for Student Development

The National Chapter Award program recognizes chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. Based on a chapter's Program of Activities (POA), chapters are recognized for working in established areas called "quality standards," which are divided into three divisions -- student development, chapter development and community development.

The Kansas chapter performing best in all three division is awarded the Triple Crown award, which will be announced during the Sixth Session on the afternoon of Friday, May 29. The opening session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention recognized the chapters excelling in the area of student development, which are listed below.

Bronze Division
Great Bend FFA Chapter
Pleasanton FFA Chapter
Prairie View FFA Chapter
Spring Hill FFA Chapter
St. Marys FFA Chapter
Stafford FFA Chapter
Tonganoxie FFA Chapter
WaKeeney FFA Chapter
West Elk FFA Chapter

Silver Division
Axtell FFA Chapter
Buhler FFA Chapter
Centre FFA Chapter
Cherryvale FFA Chapter
Doniphan West FFA Chapter
Ellis FFA Chapter
Ell-Saline FFA Chapter
Fort Scott FFA Chapter
Girard FFA Chapter
Hays FFA Chapter
Labette County FFA Chapter
LaCrosse FFA Chapter
Lawrence Free State FFA Chapter
Marion/Florence FFA Chapter
Norton FFA Chapter
Republic County FFA Chapter
Rock Hills FFA Chapter
Russell FFA Chapter
Sabetha FFA Chapter
Smith Center FFA Chapter
South Barber FFA Chapter
Southwestern Heights FFA Chapter
Wamego FFA Chapter
Wellington FFA Chapter

Gold Division
Arkansas City FFA Chapter
Chapman FFA Chapter
Clay Center FFA Chapter
Fredonia FFA Chapter
Hiawatha FFA Chapter
Hill City FFA Chapter
Jefferson West FFA Chapter
Marysville FFA Chapter
Mission Valley FFA Chapter
Neodesha FFA Chapter
Paola FFA Chapter
Riverton FFA Chapter
Southeast of Saline FFA Chapter
Wabaunsee FFA Chapter
Wilson FFA Chapter
Winfield FFA Chapter

Kansas FFA Presents Charters to Three New Chapters

Three new FFA chapters received their charter on Wednesday, May 27, during the first session of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention.

Healy, Fairfield and Western Plains FFA chapters will join the other 7,439 FFA chapters, helping to move toward the National FFA Organization’s goal of 10,000 quality FFA chapters by the year 2015.

“It’s really exiting to see that agricultural education is spreading in Kansas, especially with our initiative on the national level to have 10,000 quality chapters by the year 2015,” said Emily Surdez, 2008-09 Kansas FFA president.

The focus of the National FFA Organization's “10 x 15” effort is to create new programs in communities not yet served by agricultural education and FFA, and ensure the quality and high performance of current programs providing personal, academic and career education in agriculture.

Chapters can only be chartered in schools where systematic instruction in agriculture education is offered. To receive their charter, each chapter must submit a letter of application, a list of their members and officers, a copy of the proposed local chapter constitution and bylaws, a copy of their program of activities, as well as have paid current district, state and national dues.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

81ST KANSAS FFA CONVENTION KICKS OFF WITH RENOWNED YOUTH SPEAKER

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The first day of the 81st Kansas FFA Convention featured an opportunity for high school students to explore potential careers; recognition of student success in the FFA creed speaking, agricultural issues, and parliamentary procedure career development events; and a challenge to members made by renowned speaker Grant Baldwin.

The opening session welcomed Kansas FFA members, advisors and guests to Manhattan and announced the first of many individual and team honors that will be granted to members during the week.

Shannon Maxwell, Holton FFA, was recognized as the top individual in the Creed Speaking Career Development Event, with Naicee Gugelmeyer, South Barber FFA, placing second; Theo Kassebaum, Centre FFA, placing third; and Jordan Bell, Hill City FFA, placing fourth.

Atchison County was honored as the top team in the Ag Issues CDE and the Holton FFA took home top honors in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE. The Labette County FFA was recognized as the top chapter in the Career Development Events Sweepstakes. Louisburg was second, followed by Paola, Washington County and Buhler.

All members in attendance were challenged by the message delivered by kick-off speaker Grant Baldwin, author of the book “Reality Check”, who spoke to the audience about overcoming excuses and taking control of their own situations.

Earlier in the day, members attended the 8th Annual Convention Career Show and interacted with agribusinesses and other professionals to learn more about their future opportunities after high school graduation.

Tomorrow convention continues with recognition of the 41 proficiency award winners who were selected for accomplishing specific career goals in their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs. The top individuals in the prepared and extemporaneous speaking career development events will be announced and the recipients of the honorary degree will be recognized. Thursday evening convention attendees will hear from author and speaker Ed Gerety.

FFA is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 Align Centerstates, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ksffa.org for more information.

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Creed, Ag Issues and Paliamentary Procedure Winners Recognized

KANSAS FFA RECOGNIZES THE STATE’S BEST IN CREED SPEAKING, AG ISSUES AND PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Students from the Holton FFA and Atchison County FFA were recognized on Wednesday at the Kansas FFA Convention for excellence in public speaking, knowledge of agricultural issues and demonstration of parliamentary procedure and earned the opportunity to compete at National FFA Convention in October.

Shannon Maxwell, a member of the Holton FFA chapter, took home top honors in the Kansas FFA Creed Speaking Career Development Event (CDE). The four finalists of the event were Naicee Gugelmeyer, South Barber FFA, who placed second; Theo Kassebaum, Centre FFA, who placed third; and Jordan Bell, Hill City FFA, who placed fourth. The Creed Speaking CDE develops public speaking skills in younger members as only greenhands, first year members, are eligible to compete. To participate, FFA members recite the FFA creed, which outlines the organization’s beliefs regarding the agricultural industry, FFA membership and the value of citizenship and patriotism. In addition, participants are questioned about their knowledge of the creed and the FFA.

The Atchison County FFA was awarded first place in the Agricultural Issues CDE, which required the team to present a current issue to the public through a formal presentation and a written portfolio of research. Team members included Rikki Taliaferro, Sara Nutsch, Zack Langley, Colton Dunaway and Darren Falk. The team’s advisor is Dean Stafford. The top four finishing teams were Spring Hill, second place; Clay Center, third place; and Marysville, fourth.

The National FFA Organization’s mission is to develop premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The Parliamentary Procedure CDE contributes to this by giving members first-hand experience of efficiently running a meeting. The Holton FFA earned the top team honor in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE due to the hard work of team members Amanda Spade, Kayla Klahr, Kate Gooderl, Mary Burns, Dillon Klahr and Carrie Karns. The team is advised by Jason Larison and Alex Bartel. Second-place went to Clay Center with Riverton and Marysville taking third and fourth, respectively.

The teams will spend the next several months preparing for the National Career Development Events during the National FFA Convention, in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 21-24, 2009.

FFA is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ksffa.org for more information.

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Kansas Youth Gather For 2009 Kansas FFA Convention

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Leadership, excellence and student success will take center stage May 27-29 at the 81st Kansas FFA Convention. This annual event brings together more than 1,500 FFA members, agricultural educators and supporters from across the state of Kansas to Kansas State University honoring outstanding young leaders in the Kansas FFA Association.

The convention theme, “Step Up, Stand Out” reflects FFA’s ability to build leaders through agricultural education, who stand out in their communities. The theme will come to life as guests listen to the inspiring retiring addresses of the state FFA officer team and motivational speakers from across the country. Forty-one members will be awarded proficiency awards for accomplishing specific career goals in their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs. The highest honor a state association can bestow, the
State FFA Degree, will be awarded to 172 members. From the state degree recipients, a Star Farmer, a Star in Agricultural Placement and a Star in Agribusiness will be named – thus recognizing the best three SAE programs in the state.

“Kansas FFA Convention brings together the future leaders of our state and the agricultural industry,” said Emily Surdez, Kansas FFA president. “It not only motivates the students to continue developing their skills and knowledge, but also inspires parents, agribusiness leaders, advisors and all attendees as they witness the talent and drive of our members.”

In addition to individual recognition, entire FFA chapters are recognized through National Chapter Awards and the Triple Crown Award. The coveted Triple Crown distinguishes the top state chapter in the areas of student, chapter and community development. The final session of the convention marks the beginning of an exciting year for six extraordinary members who will be selected to serve the more than 7,400 Kansas FFA members as 2009-2010 state officers.

FFA is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ksffa.org for more information.

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